In this manual, references to DARS now refer to TWC. The manual includes both links to public content and links to content available only to staff.

VR 2012 Revision Log

Revision Logs: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

February 2012

Chapter 4: Planning

4.3.3 Ticket to Work Assignment, revised update information for counselors when a consumer has a Ticket to Work.

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Chapter 16: Job Coach Services

16.6 Purchase Procedures, revised to update information on how to use specialized DRS job coaching contracts.

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Chapter 32: Telecommunications, Sensory, and Other Technological Aids and Devices

32.3 Evaluation and Purchase, revised to highlight the link where counselors can find information about the Federal Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program Guidelines.

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Chapter 33: Transition Services

33.9.2 Performance Measures; revised to clarify when to transfer consumers from the transition program into the adult VR program.

33.10.3 Transfer to Adult Vocational Rehabilitation Services; revised to clarify when to transfer consumers from the transition program into the adult VR program.

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March 2012

Chapter 2: Intake

2.2.3 Diagnostic Studies – Medical; revised to include in the definition of a visual impairment that the vision field is reported in degrees and that a vision field is not measured by a confrontation test.

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Chapter 29: Self-Employment

29.2 What Is Self-Employment?; revised to clarify that self-employed consumers who use restorative services are still coded as self-employed.

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Chapter 38: Closure

38.2.5 Notification to Consumer; revised to clarify that a closure letter is not sent to a consumer before case closure.

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Chapter 40: Case Management

40.2 Case Folder Organization; revised to make case folder organization consistent with all DBS programs.

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40.7.3 Consumer Satisfaction Surveys; revised to instruct VR counselors to inform consumers that they may receive a call regarding their satisfaction with DBS and their involvement in developing their IPE.

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April 2012

Chapter 3: Eligibility

3.3 Presumptive Eligibility for SSDI and SSI Recipients; revised to add questions to help a counselor assess VR eligibility for applicants who receive SSDI or SSI benefits and to explain that the counselor can obtain eligibility verification by obtaining a Benefits Planning Query (BPBQY) from the Social Security Administration.

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June 2012

Chapter 4: Planning

4.3.1 Overview; revised to add a link to the Consumer Procurement Guide.

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4.3.3 Instructions for Completion of the IPE (DARS2303); revised to add a link to the DBS VR SharePoint site with examples of case notes and plans.

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Chapter 40: Case Management

40.2 Case Folder Organization; revised to make case folder organization consistent with all DBS programs.

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Transition Transfer Template (Word document)

Transition Transfer Template; revised the Transition Transfer Template document to reflect policy changes made to Chapter 33: Transition Services, 33.10.3 Transfer to Adult Vocational Rehabilitation Services in February 2012; the Transition Transfer Template is a Word document accessed through a link in this section.

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August 2012

Chapter 2: Intake

2.1.5 Completing the Profile; revised to clarify obtaining an electronic PIN signature from a consumer.

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Chapter 3: Eligibility

3.4 60 Day Rule; revised or added to clarify procedures for tracking and managing cases in applicant status to ensure that the 60-day eligibility deadline is not exceeded.

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Chapter 4: Planning

4.3.2 IPE Forms / Signature Options; revised to clarify obtaining an electronic PIN signature from a consumer.

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Chapter 15: Interpreter and Communication Access Services for People Who Are Deaf

Chapter 15, Interpreter and Communication Access Services for People Who Are Deaf; revised to clarify interpreter services and CART services and to update information regarding the Texas Board of Interpreters and levels and types of certifications and rates for interpreters.

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October 2012

Chapter 2: Intake

2.1.8 Extended Evaluation/Trial Work Experience; revised to eliminate the maximum time a consumer can be in extended evaluation.

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Chapter 4: Planning

4.3.4 Purpose of IPE Amendment (DARS2304); revised to remove an example of a substantive employment outcome change.

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Chapter 6: Academic, Vocational, and Technical Training

6.3 Reader Services; multiple areas revised to change reader service contractor information and references.

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6.12 Exhibit A, Certificate of Blindness; revised to change the definition of a blind person from the definition in the HR code to the one in DBS policy.

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Chapter 33: Transition Services

33.10.3 Transfer to Adult Vocational Rehabilitation Services; revised to update the Transition Transfer Template link.

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Chapter 40: Case Management

40.3.2 Benchmark Time Frames; revised to change time frames.

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November 2012

Chapter 2: Intake

2.2.3 Diagnostic Studies - Medical; revised to add a definition of visual efficiency and provide direction to counselors on how to address this issue.

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Chapter 30: Supported Employment Services

30.7 Case Note Documentation; revised to add direction on how to complete a case note justifying the reasons a consumer needs Supported Employment services.

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